Our Inquiry unit is looking at how Australia has changed over time. This week in reading we looked at Frederick McCubbin’s painting The Pioneer. Students discussed the people, objects and scenery they could see in each section of the painting. They discussed how they felt when looking at the painting.
After our class discussion students were asked to write the narrative for the three pictures. Below are some of their responses:
A long time ago my parents moved to a forest. It became their home. This was before I was born. My Mum said that on the first couple of days they were there she was really bored and that Dad was just unpacking and making fires. Then I was born!
Mum said that when I came along that she wasn’t bored any more. My Dad started to chop down trees. From my memories they made a house. Then they made a little village. Next (when I was older) I helped too and we even made a whole city.
After a while my parents got ill and died. I was really sad for a while. Every day I went there I looked sat their grade and prayed.
Written By Caitlin
We have just came to Australia. Dad thinks it is great. Mum doesn’t really like it. We are very poor and hungry and we don’t have a house to live in.
The next year I was born. The first couple of years dad was always outside chopping trees. When Dad chopped up enough trees we built a house.
I grew into a strong man. My parents died and suddenly everything became different.
Written by Zak
There was once a husband and wife that lived in the Australian bush. They were very sad because they had no children.
One day the wife gave birth to a little baby boy. He was very cute. The parents were very happy to have a child.
The boy worked very hard. He was a tall strong man. Then his parents became sick.
He tried everything he could to cure them but they died. So then onwards the boy would go and visit their grave everyday.
Written By Elisa
My Mum and Dad came to Australia. My mum did not want to come but over time she loved the landscape. I was born then. I grew up to be a hunter. Unfortunately my Dad fell and died so it was just my mum and I. When she died there where towns which turned into a city and it grew and grew. Written By Xavier
My Mum and Dad came here way before I was even born. My Mum wasn’t too happy moving. The years past and I was born and we cut some trees and built a house. Soon my parents died and our home turned into a big city. The trees weren’t like what they were before. There wasn’t much greenery. The city is great but I like how it was before too. Written By Atara
When my Husband and I came to Australia we were poor and unhappy. So we started clearing the trees. My husband John said everything was going to be alright. Soon we built a small cottage and soon after that we had a baby boy and we named him Eddy. When he was old enough Eddy began to learn how to build and hunt. We soon built a town and people came from everywhere around to live there. But sadly when Eddy was 28 John and I fell ill with pneumonia. Just before we passed away we said to Eddy “never give up. We may never see you have a family of your own but we’ll be there in your heart” and then we passed. Eddy buried us and put a cross down with our names on it and he prayed there every day, till he himself died. Written by Maria
What do you think is happening in the pictures?
Do you like Frederick McCubbin’s painting ‘The Pioneer’? Why / Why not?